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Warwick Thumb BO 5 2003 or Warwick Thumb BO German made Pro Series 2018 ?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mroz, Nov 11, 2020.

  1. mroz


    Apr 27, 2017
    Good day ladies and gentlemen,

    I am planning to buy Warwick Thumb bass. I have a two choices. First one is a second hand Warwick Thumb BO 5 2003. Second one is a brand new Warwick Thumb BO 5 German made Pro Series. Both are very similar for price. Thumb BO 2003 is Just a little bit expensive.

    Please suggest me, which one is better ? And why ?
  2. A 2003 Thumb 5BO usually goes for around $1200-$1400. I believe this era had Ovangkol bodies and necks (with wenge fretboard), as opposed to the more known (and sought after) Bubinga body and Wenge neck.
    There is a 2006 model on Reverb for $1900
    Warwick Thumb BO 5-String Ovankol Natural Oil | Tom's Gear Outlet | Reverb

    a new 2020 model goes for around $2500-$3200. So if someone is selling a 2003 model for that price, they’re smoking crack.

    Which woods are on each of your choices?
    Which is better? That answer is totally subjective...
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2020
  3. McCall89

    McCall89 Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2017
    I'd go with the pro series. I've owned thumb basses made in 1990, 1994, 2001, and 2016; the 2016 bass is the best of the lot by far. The 2001 bass was the only one I owned that had an ovangkol neck and body and I honestly loved it. Super growly tone that one had.

    Honestly, you probably can't go wrong with either, if you can play them both choose the one you like better. I truly believe Warwick is making the best basses they've ever made right now, so that's why for me, sight unseen, I'd go with the pro series.
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